Here at the Hungarian Workshop we deal with a great amount of Wine and Whiskey barrels. Occasionally we acquire Rum barrels, Scotch barrels and sometimes even Tequila ones. But definitely the most common type is going to the great all American Bourbon Whiskey Barrels. We typically have about a hundred on hand at all times and I never let it slip below fifty. Our handcrafted furniture is loved by the whole country so just incase any large orders should arise, I like to be prepared. In this business obviously material is the key element. No barrels means no product. These unique casks can be hard to find and will not be in stock all the time. Besides all the stress, I still love my job and wouldn’t change it for anything. However I sure do miss simply waking up and grabbing that weeks wood from the lumber yard down the road.
With all that said periodically we can go through fazes where we have far too much and just need to down size a bit to keep storage rent at an affordable rate. In these cases you are in luck because we can offer anyone a chance at to own a full size Bourbon Whiskey Barrels made by very talented coopers that came from some of America’s most famous distilleries.
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Here in the rest of this Blog post I will go ahead and discuss some important facts and elements about these barrels. Along with some of my insights on how to take care for them when kept whole.
The first thing I have to mention is that not all barrels are 100% the same. The color, shape, size and quality will vary slightly. Not as much as Wine Barrels. Those are a whole different story. Lets leave that for another time. The way each barrel was kept will affect how they’ll look later down the road. Distilleries will do the aging indoors, but they may take the old ones out doors for a while before they ship them off. Luckily 90% of my barrels are still wet and solid. Fresh from the aging line. Markings and brand stamps will be visible on most barrels but not all. The rings, hoops, straps or whatever you prefer to call them will be mostly rusted. But with a little wire brushing that can be cleaned very fast. The inside will be fully charred. Not heavily toasted like some wine barrels, but fully singed black. Totally burned which gives the whiskey its great color and flavors.
If you choose to purchase a full size barrel the location where you keep it is important. When kept outdoors as yard decoration you’ll want to hose it down about once a month (depends what climate you live in) to keep the wood swollen that will create the tension for the barrel to be intact. Barrels are not glued, nailed or caulked in anyway. I would also recommend placing it in a shaded area. The sun will do faster and more damage to the wood than anything else. When kept indoors maintenance if minimal. However a proper preparation is a must. I recommend cleaning the barrels out before hand with some water. Remove the rust from the hoops with a wire wheel, then spray a clear coat over them to keep from rusting again. Sanding the wood a bit is also recommended just take off and dirt and grim. Applying an oil finish will definitely bring out the colors of the wood while protecting as well. You can find a product like Teak Oil at almost every hardware or home improvement store. Even if you oil the barrel, keeping it indoors will cause the wood to shrink with out the moisture. It will take a lot longer than outdoors but be prepared for that.
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Please don’t hesitate to contact me at my email if you would like more information or just have some additional question. We do discounts when purchasing in large quantities. All our barrels are indoor kept and sealed up to keep them in their best condition.
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